The Carleton Board of Trustees met virtually via Zoom for its Winter Term meeting on February 3-6, 2021. The following is a brief summary of major topics discussed and actions taken during their meeting:
- The Board approved new faculty leaves of absence for 2021-22, as well as changes to leaves already approved for 2020-2021.
- The Board approved the request for mid-year B.A. degrees, pending successful completion of their remaining requirements for graduation.
- The Board approved tenure and promotion to Associate Professor for two faculty members: Layla Oesper (Computer Science) and Jay Tasson (Physics and Astronomy).
- The Board approved two changes to the Faculty Bylaws and handbook, one reconstituting the Committee on Student Life; and one allowing proposals to hire with tenure.
- The Board approved the acceptance of IRS forms 990 and 990-T for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2020.
- The Board approved the comprehensive fee and operating budget for Fiscal Year 2021-22.
- The Board approved the renovation of Old Music Hall and renaming it Hasenstab Hall in recognition of Michael ’95 and Mary Ann Hasenstab, whose gift is funding this project.
- The Board received an overview of the Core Administrative Software Planning Process from Chief Technology Officer Janet Scannell.
- The Board plenary session included an update from President Poskanzer and his executive team on the academic, operational, and financial impacts of COVID-19 to date, and early planning for Spring Term.
- Vice President and Treasurer Eric Runestad gave his initial impressions on the College’s finances and operations.
- Trustees received an update on inclusion, diversity, and equity planning from the IDE Strategic Planning Steering Group Co-Chairs, Jeninne McGee and Chico Zimmerman, and on antiracism training from Project Manager Kathy Evertz.
- Trustees received a campaign update from Campaign Chair Cathy Paglia.
- Trustees enjoyed the opportunity to connect with junior faculty during a virtual coffee hour, and to explored the newly renovated Science Complex through virtual tours given by Science Complex staff.